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The seventeenth-annual Cherokee Nation - Carl Albert State College Scholarship Scramble is set for Saturday, May 10th at Shadow Creek Country Club in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
The four-person team, 18-hole scramble will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and tee-off at 9 a.m.
Golfers will have the opportunity to help provide scholarships to area students attending CASC through their $60 per person entry fee or their $240 per team fee. The registration fee includes a golf cart, greens fees, two mulligans, lunch, beverages and a prize bag for each golfer.
The first-place team will receive a $600 prize, the second-place team will take home $460 prize and there will be a wild card drawing for the third-place prize of $300.
Additional prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin.
Pre-registration is required, contact Paul Marshall to reserve your place in the scramble at 918-776-9242.
AUSTIN, Texas – Arkansas’ Gabe Moore wrapped up day one action at the Texas Relays leading the field with 4,150-pts. through five events at Mike A. Myers Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Moore started the day by running a brisk 10.81 that was fourth in his heat and fourth overall in the 20 person field.
He returned to jump 7.10m (23-3.50) in the long jump that finished as the eighth-best in the field.
In the shot put, Moore posted a best throw of 14.47m (47-5.75) that was the third-best in the competition.
High jump once again saw Moore finish with the third-best mark in the field after clearing 2.01m (6-7).
The senior capped day one action by running 49.47 in the 400-meters to move to the lead in the competition.
Moore holds a 95-point lead over Texas A&M’s Nathan Hite, with Kennesaw State’s Paris Williams in third at 3,932-pts.
Arkansas will return to action at the 92nd Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas has made a change in leadership in its men’s basketball program. Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced today that Mike Anderson has been dismissed as the head men’s basketball coach.
Anderson recently completed his eighth season as the head coach of the Razorback men’s basketball team and his 25th season overall as a member of the Razorback men’s basketball program.
“After a review of the program, including an analysis of the past eight years and a look forward, I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men’s basketball program for future success,” Yurachek said. “In the past eight seasons, we have won a number of games and have made appearances in both the NIT and the NCAA Tournaments. However, in my evaluation, we have not sustained a consistent level of success against the most competitive teams in the nation to enable us to compete for SEC and NCAA Championships on an annual basis. That will continue to be the benchmark for our success throughout our athletic program.
“During his tenure with our program, Mike Anderson has represented the University of Arkansas in a first-class manner and with the highest level of integrity on and off the floor. We are grateful for Coach Anderson’s many contributions to our program and most of all for his investment in the lives of the many student-athletes he has coached. He has been a positive influence on their lives, encouraged them and supported them on, both their individual and collective, academic and athletic journeys. We wish Mike, his wife Marcheita and the entire Anderson family the very best.”
Anderson became Arkansas’ 12th head men’s basketball coach in March 2011 and was 169-102 in his eight seasons with the Razorbacks. He has posted a 17-year head coaching record of 369-200 with stops at UAB (2002-06) and Missouri (2006-11) before returning to Arkansas in 2011. Anderson was on staff with the Razorbacks for 17 seasons (1985-2002), helping Arkansas win the 1994 NCAA Championship.
The Razorbacks made five postseason tournament berths in Anderson’s eight years, including three in the NCAA (2015, 2017 and 2018) and two in the NIT (2014 and 2019).
Arkansas was 18-16 this past season, finished ninth in the SEC (8-10) and reached the second round of the NIT.
Yurachek announced that a national search for the next head men’s basketball coach will begin immediately. Associate head coach Melvin Watkins will serve as a lead on men’s basketball team related matters until a head coach is named.
“With our great history and tradition, a loyal fan base and a fully supported program within the SEC, I am confident that we will identify a leader that will elevate our men’s basketball program to a nationally competitive level on an annual basis,” Yurachek said. “In an effort to most effectively identify and secure our next head coach, I do not plan on providing further comment related to our search until its completion. I appreciate the understanding and support of all Razorback fans as we move forward in this process.”
CASC Lady Viking, Hunter Brown, Named NJCAA Pitcher of the Week
Hunter Brown, a sophomore pitcher for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings, has been named the NJCAA Softball Region II Division I Pitcher of the Week.
Brown is a right handed pitcher from Wister, Oklahoma, who pitched a complete seven-inning game with 11 K’s on March 8, 2019 against Fort Scott Community College with a 9-2 win. On March 10, 2019, Hunter pitched three shutout innings with 1 K in a 12-0 home win against North Arkansas College.
“I couldn’t be more proud to coach such an outstanding player,” said David Holt, Lady Viking Head Coach. “Hard work truly pays off and we are excited to celebrate Hunter’s accomplishment.”
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s fourth Golfer awards for the spring season. Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Zach James earned the Men’s honor following his performance at the Broncho Invitational.
GAC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Zach James, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Sr., Whitesboro, Texas
James picked up the 10th GAC Golfer of the Week after he led the Savage Storm to a tie for second at the 16-team Broncho Invitational. He posted a 54-hole score of even-par 210, four shots behind the individual champion. James, the nation’s No. 2 golfer, according to GolfStat.com, has finished in first or second in all but one of his eight tournaments thus season.
Roman Timmerman, So., Southern Arkansas (Tied for eighth at Broncho Invitational); Preston Ewing, Jr., Northwestern Oklahoma State (Tied for third at Washburn Invitational; third-round 69 tied for fourth-lowest round in school history)
GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE NEWS RELEASE
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – One year after claiming the Great American Conference Women’s Track & Field Championship crown, Oklahoma Baptist enters the 2019 outdoor season as the league favorite, the conference announced on Wednesday.
Oklahoma Baptist received eight first-place votes and the Lady Bison return four reigning GAC champions.
Leah Molter took first in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.
She has won the 100 at each of the three previous GAC Championships.
McKae Mitchell won the 400-meter dash, Tesa Potter claimed victory in the 1500-meter run, Julianna Horner took first in the hammer throw.
Harding picked up two first-place votes and took second in the poll. The Lady Bisons feature Chelesea Howard, the 2018 GAC Most Valuable Athlete. She won in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, finished second in the long jump, took fourth in the triple jump and ran on both relays.
Emily Field returns after she placed first in the triple jump and the javelin.
The also bring back GAC Champions Kinga Szarzynska, 800, Alicja Minczuk, steeplechase and Kaylin Turley, heptathlon.
Southern Arkansas finished third in the voting, followed by Oklahoma Christian.
The Eagles’ Destiny Grace won the shot put at the GAC Championships. Rogers State finished fifth in the balloting. Audrianna Morgan, who ran on the champion 400-meter relay team and took second in the 100, returns for her senior season.
East Central edged Southern Nazarene for sixth place. Northwestern Oklahoma State, Southwestern Oklahoma State and Southeastern Oklahoma State rounded out the poll.
The Rangers and Savage Storm restarted outdoor programs this season.
Oklahoma Baptist will host the 2019 GAC Championships from April 18-20.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Southwestern Oklahoma State captured the 2019 Great American Conference Women’s Basketball Championship crown with an 87-66 victory against Arkansas Tech on Sunday from the Bruin Fieldhouse.
The Lady Bulldogs (30-1) never trailed in the contest in winning their 30th-straight game. They join the 2016-17 Harding Lady Bison squad that advanced to NCAA Division II Elite 8 as the only two GAC programs to win 30 games in a season.
Despite never leading, Arkansas Tech (15-16) drew even with SWOSU late in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs responded with five points in the final 15 seconds when Tyra Aska converted a layup off of a turnover and Taber Beer nailed 3-pointer from the top of the key.
In the second half, the Southwestern Oklahoma State defense clamped down on the Golden Suns. After shooting an even 50.0 percent in the first half, Tech went just 8-for-29 in the second half, a 27.6 percent clip.
Aska carried the Lady Bulldog offense as she scored game-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting. She went 4-for-5 from the 3-point arc. She also grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out five assists. Bethany Franks scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half. GAC Player of the Year Hayden Priddy added 12 while Taylor Hedrick and Maddie Sperle each scored 11. Hailey Tucker matched Aska with 13 rebounds. Southwestern Oklahoma State outrebounded Arkansas Tech by a 43-31 margin.
Jacie Higgins and Hannah Villines, the GAC Newcomer of the Year, led the Golden Suns with 14 points. Jayana Sanders added 13 and six assists.
Franks earned Tournament MVP honors after she averaged 12.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.7 steals during the weekend. She shot a team-leading 51.5 percent from the field. Priddy, Aska and Tucker also represented SWOSU on the All-Tournament Team. Sanders and Williams made the team from Arkansas Tech along with Southern Nazarene’s Adrienne Berry and Harding’s Carissa Caples.
The title, the third in eight years for the Lady Bulldogs (30-1), forged a tie with the Golden Suns for the most in GAC history. The win represented the first win in four tries for Southwestern Oklahoma State against Arkansas Tech at the GAC Championships.
The combined 20 points for Tucker and Priddy gave the duo exactly 4,000 combined points in their career. No other active pair of Division II teammates has as many points as the two senior guards.
The Lady Bulldogs will learn their seed and destination for the upcoming NCAA Division II Championships during tonight’s selection show. It streams on NCAA.com at 9:00 p.m.
HOUSTON – Sophomore Levi Prater dealt eight shutout innings, and sophomore Cade Cavalli and junior Brady Lindsly combined for five RBIs to lead the Oklahoma baseball team to a 6-0 series-clinching win over Rice Sunday at Reckling Park.
Prater (3-1) matched his career high with nine strikeouts over a career-long eight shutout innings, scattering three singles and a walk. He has pitched 14 straight scoreless innings over his last two starts for the Sooners (13-3).
Cavalli went 2-for-4 and doubled home two runs in the first inning. OU held onto the 2-0 lead until the eighth inning when Lindsly launched a moonshot three-run home run to open a 5-0 lead. Junior Brandon Zaragoza drove in the sixth run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Prater put a bow on his outing by striking out the side in the seventh to strand a one-out single and then retired the side in order in the eighth inning. He allowed only two runners to reach second base, one of which went to second on an error.
OU earned its fourth shutout of the season. Senior Brylie Ware went 3-for-5 and scored two runs, and junior Brady Harlan was 2-for-4 at the plate. Rice starter Jackson Parthasarthy (2-2) took the loss for the Owls (7-10).
The Sooners return home to play UT Arlington on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Southern Nazarene made Great American Conference history as the Crimson Storm became the first program to win consecutive Men’s Basketball Championship titles as they won a back-and-forth affair against Southeastern Oklahoma State, 80-77, on Sunday from the Bruin Fieldhouse.
In just the second GAC Championship final to feature the tournament’s top two seeds, the contest featured 16 ties and 18 lead changes and neither squad led by more than six points the entire way. Tournament MVP Micah Speight secured the win when he scored the final five points for the Crimson Storm (28-5).
After Kevin Buckingham’s third 3-pointer of the game for the Savage Storm (22-7) tied the game at 75, Speight answered with a corner 3-pointer to put Southern Nazarene back in front. Following a defensive stand, Speight knifed through the Southeastern defense and lofted in a floater from the inside the paint.
The Savage Storm’s Jett Jobe responded with a layup of his own. Southeastern got a needed defensive stop on the ensuing possession. Shooting for the tie, Buckingham’s last-second 3-point try missed long and Southern Nazarene clinched its GAC-record 28th win.
Speight went 12-for-21 from the floor in scoring 26 points for the second-straight GAC Championship contest. He averaged 22.0 points, 7.7 rebounds. 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor. Jhonathan Dunn and Noah Starkey joined Speight on the All-Tournament Team. Dunn finished the day with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Starkey, the GAC Defensive Player of the Year, added 12 points and four blocks.
Buckingham finished with 27 points, the single-game high at the 2019 GAC Championships. He also pulled down 11 rebounds as he made the All-Tournament squad. Adam Dworsky and Kellen Manek earned All-Tournament honors for the Savage Storm. Oklahoma Baptist’s Brantly Thompson and Henderson State’s Joshua Jones rounded out the eight-man team.
The Crimson Storm will learn their seed and destination for the upcoming NCAA Division II Championships during tonight’s selection show. It streams on NCAA.com at 9:30 p.m. Southeastern Oklahoma State looks to earn a spot in the field of with an at-large selection.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Second-seeded Southeastern Oklahoma State never trailed en route to scoring a 76-59 win against Arkansas-Monticello in Thursday’s opening Great American Conference Men’s Basketball Championships quarterfinal from Bruin Fieldhouse.
The Savage Storm (21-6) scored the first eight points of the game and eventually built a double-digit lead before reaching halftime with a 33-28 lead. Kellen Manek went 5-for-6 in the opening 20 minutes as he carried the offense with 12 points.
In the second half, the Savage Storm shot 58.6 percent from the field to secure their ninth-straight win. Adam Dworksy and GAC Player of the Year Kevin Buckingham combined to make 10-of-13 shots as they accounted for 25 points. The Weevils (16-13) never dented the five-point halftime deficit as Southeastern finished the contest on a 21-9 run.
Dworsky scored a game-high 21 points. He added seven assists against only one turnover. As a team, Southeastern tallied 19 assists and committed only six turnovers. Manek netted 19 points and six rebounds. Buckingham collected his GAC-leading 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. He went 5-for-8 from the floor. Kayo Goncalves came off the bench and hit three 3-pointers and tally 11 points
Marcus Gilbert and Damontrez Hawes reached double figures in scoring for the Weevils. Gilbert amassed 13 points, to go along with four assists. Hawes went 4-for-6 from the field in scoring 10 points.
With the win, the Savage Storm advance to the GAC semifinals for the second-straight year.
They will face the winner of Friday’s contest between Oklahoma Baptist and East Central at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. During the regular season, home courts proved the difference in the four combined meetings.
Southeastern scored double-digit victories at home, but dropped narrow decisions away from Durant.